• About Us

    About Us

    The Smoke Free Partnership is a partnership of Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network, Action on Smoking and Health (UK) and the Dutch Cancer Society (DCS). We aim to promote tobacco control advocacy and policy research at EU and national levels in collaboration with other EU health organisations and EU tobacco control networks.

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  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    We work with policy makers at EU level to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention and increased resources at global level. Our mission is the effective implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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  • Our Partners

    Our Partners

    SFP draws its strengths from its strong partnership with the European institutions and most importantly its partnerships with EU-level organisations, national organisations, universities and academic centres across the world.

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  • World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

    World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

    On World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2017, SFP along with several public health organisations will organise a policy debate on this year's WNTD theme, Tobacco: a threat to Development.

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  • About Us
  • Our Mission
  • Our Partners
  • World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

About us

SFP is a partnership of Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network, Action on Smoking and Health (UK) and the Dutch Cancer Society (DCS). 

Our policy work

The Smoke Free Partnerhip works with policy makers at EU level to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention and increased resources at global level.

Become a partner

The SFP Coalition currently has 29 partners across Europe including SFP main partners, associate partners and Coalition partners. We welcome requests to join!

Spotlights on the FCTC

  • What does the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) mean for the EU? If you want to find out, read the first issue of a series of briefings “Spotlight on the FCTC”.

  • This second issue of "Spotlight on the FCTC" highlights how the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States have met, or in some cases failed to meet, their obligations to tackle second-hand smoke, according to Article 8 of the convention.

  • The third issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focused on the role of article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in protecting public policy from tobacco industry influence.

  • The fourth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on the European Commission proposals to amend EU Directives on the rates and structure of taxes on manufactured cigarettes.

  • The fifth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on tobacco and development policy as well as Articles 22 and 26, which cover technical assistance and financial resources respectively.

  • The sixth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Article 15 and the proposed Protocol, which will aim to legally commit the Parties to take action against the global illicit trade of tobacco products.

  • The seventh issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which covers tobacco dependence and cessation.

  • The eighth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Articles 11 and 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which covers the labelling and packaging of tobacco products.

The cost of tobacco use

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The cost of tobacco use

Tobacco growth and use poses a heavy burden on governments and society as a whole.

Tobacco growth and use poses a heavy burden on governments and society as a whole. Costs include indirect costs related to workday losses due to morbidity and direct costs associated with inpatient and outpatient care. Non-smokers also pay for the costs of smoking, primarily in the form of higher health insurances and medical costs related to second-hand smoke, leading to higher taxes and higher prices for healthcare products and services.

The estimate of direct and indirect costs of smoking for EU/EFTA countries is €97.7 billion, of which the direct costs of smoking are €49.83 billion, and the indirect costs of smoking are €47.87 billion. This amounts to between €211 and €281 per capita (for both smokers and non-smokers), or between 1.04% to 1.39% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product in 2000.

Tobacco-related deaths result in lost economic opportunities. In the US, these losses are estimated at US$92 billion a year.

Tobacco control interventions are the second most effective way to spend health funds, after childhood immunization. Measures to tackle tobacco use, such as tax increase, restrictions on advertising and promotion, and smokefree workplaces and public places, are cost-effective and do not require large investment of capital.

Tobacco-related diseases put a heavy economic burden on society as they increase healthcare expenditure and increase costs related to productivity losses and lost income tax and social security contributions

The estimated direct and indirect costs of smoking for EU/EFTA countries is €97.7 billion, of which the direct costs of smoking are €49.83 billion

Overall cardiovascular disease (CVD) is estimated to cost the EU economy €192 billion a year. This represents a total annual cost per capita of €391. Exposure to tobacco smoke is calculated to cause 22% of all cases of CVD in industrialised countries

The total financial burden of lung disease in Europe amounts to nearly €102 billion, a figure comparable to the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of the Republic of Ireland or €118 per capita.

Sources and References

European Commission, Tobacco or Health in the European Union: Past, Present and Future, Luxembourg, 2004

WHO, Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic: the MPOWER package, Geneva, 2008

The answer is plain

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E-mail: info@smokefreepartnership.eu
Phone: +32 (0) 2 430 73 59
Address: Rue de l'Industrie 24, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

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